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By Yash Ghai

Responses to ethnic conflicts in fresh many years have ranged from oppression and ethnic detoxing to lodgings of ethnic claims via affirmative regulations, unique kinds of illustration, strength sharing, and the combination of minorities. essentially the most wanted, and resisted, units for clash administration is autonomy. This ebook makes use of choose international locations together with China, Canada, South Africa, former Yugoslavia and Australia to discover the dialectics of ethnicity and territory as mediated via a number of sorts of autonomy.

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These case studies point to the need to distinguish secession from the termination of a federation. There may be little to mourn in the second case - it suggests that ethnic communities have decided, mutually, to lead separate lives. Autonomy is important for ethnicity because it represents a compromise, a balance between those who want a tight, unitary system of government and those who may prefer separation. It loses that function if the wish to separate is mutual and the separation is achieved without strife or recrimination.

In the end, however, it failed to receive the endorsement of the Quebec government. The second round, during 1976-82, followed the election in 1976 of the first sovereignist Parti Quebecois government. Issues relating to Quebec were central in this phase but a wider range of concerns was also 38 FEDERALISM AND DIVERSITY IN CANADA addressed. This round resulted in partial success with the passage of the Constitution Act 1982. This added new formal constitutional amendment procedures and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to the constitution.

Ivo D. Duchecek). Thornberry, Patrick 1998. ) Autonomy: Applications and Implications. The Hague: Kluwer Law International. Tully, James 1995. Strange Multiplicity: Constitutionalism in an Age ofDiversity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Walker, Graham 1997. 'The idea of nonliberal constitutionalism', in I. Shapiro and W. Kymlicka (eds) Ethnicity and Group Rights. New York: New York University Press. Watts, Ronald 1994a. ) Evaluating Federal Systems. Cape Town: Juta. 1994b. 'Discussants comments', in F.

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